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Articles by Kat Merrick

Kat Merrick

About Kat Merrick

Kat Merrick made her mark in the apparel world as an innovative leader and founder of Surf Chick Inc. With over 25 years of extensive experience managing worldwide capacity apparel facilities, companies and product, her superior leadership skills, practiced in directing cross-functional global teams to design, brand, source develop and marketing, won her world-wide recognition and awards. She is considered an expert in the areas of trend studies, brand building and marketing. At 23 years old she opened her first successful retail business in Ventura County, Since then, Kat has owned and operated several very successful retail and wholesale operations and assisted numerous multi-category small businesses to achieve success. Highly respected by many local small business owners, growers, artists and locals, she has been tagged as "the Shop Local girl". Kat's extensive travels, strong business knowledge and desire to make a positive impact locally helped inspire her to create Totally Local VC. A Ventura County resident since 1978, single mother of two and long-standing advocate for support of local small business and all that is Ventura, founder and developer of Totally Local VC, Kat brings her passion for our community to all she does. Her writings, posts and blog reflect her love of family, friends and community and desire to help.

Surf Rodeo 2014: Yee-haw And Cowabunga Dude!

By on Jul 25, 2014 | Comments Off on Surf Rodeo 2014: Yee-haw And Cowabunga Dude!

Surf Rodeo combined a beach-based twist on a rodeo with musical acts, a bikini contest, a street fair, food, sun and fun.

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The 2014 Ventura Music Week Kicks Off June 5th

By on May 27, 2014 | 5 comments

The 4th annual Ventura Music Week runs from June 5th through June15th. And the town is going to rock!

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The Art Of Working As A Team

By on May 13, 2014 | 1 comment

Totally Local VC's Kat Merrick discusses what it takes to work successfully as part of a team. Including dealing with when the process goes horribly wrong.

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Hug A Farmer #3 – National Agriculture Day

By on Mar 14, 2014 | Comments Off on Hug A Farmer #3 – National Agriculture Day

A day to recognize and celebrate the contributions made by American agriculture. And we give special thanks to our Ventura County agriculture industry.

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